May 30, 2006

Devil’s Playground: 18 bad-ass tunes to help you celebrate 6-6-06

Check your calendar. This coming Tuesday is June 6, 2006, a.k.a. 6-6-06, Beelzebub’s Social Security number. In the spirit of this fortuitous instance, we have compiled a 666 playlist, the top 18 tunes for this day. Why 18? Because 18 is three sixes, as one memorable skit from “The Ben Stiller Show” said. The devil, as they say, has the best tunes. 18) Deicide, Legion: Bass player Glen Benton has an inverted crucifix branded into his forehead — this dude isn’t half-assing. Best cut? “Satan Spawn, the Caco-Daemon,” of course, although “Behead the Prophet (No Lord Shall Live)” comes close.17) AC/DC, “Highway to Hell”: Makes the road to eternal damnation sound like a non-stop party.16) Electric Hellfire Club, “Unholy Roller”: Because chanting “S-A-T-A-N, he’s our man” to the tune of the Bay City Rollers’ “Saturday Night” is G-E-N-I-U-S.15) Venom, Black Metal: If you hate thrash, death and, yes, black metal, blame these guys. A classic.14) Today is the Day, In the Eyes of God: Who is the Black Angel? On this disc, it’s noise terrorists TITD. Sample cuts: “Going to Hell,” “The Russian Child Porn Ballet.” Delightful.13) Mayhem, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas: These freaks took things too far, what with burning down historic churches in Norway, the suicide of former singer Dead and the murder of guitarist Euronymous by bass player Count Grishnackh. So they HAD to be included.12) Meat Puppets, “Lake of Fire”: As evocative a description of hell as anything out of Dante’s “Inferno” — but catchier.11) Marilyn Manson, Antichrist Superstar: The ultimate statement from America’s sweetheart.10) Goatwhore, The Eclipse of Ages Into Black: New Orleans supergroup (of sorts) unites to craft dark, swampy black metal under a dark god, into a darker sun.9) Tool, “Die Eier von Satan”: The devil (and Tool) has a sense of humor. This recipe for hash cookies sounds diabolical because it’s in German. Und keine Eier!8) Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”: But only if you play it backwards.7) Morbid Angel, “Chapel of Ghouls”: “Your god is dead,” bellows David Vincent, and it’s all downhill from there. Not for the faint-hearted.6) Iron Maiden, “The Number of the Beast”: This song is actually about a guy trying to break up a Satanic coven. He fails, naturally, but his heart was in the right place.5) Rolling Stones, “Sympathy for the Devil”: Featuring a snazzy bassline (played by Keef), lyrics inspired by the novel “The Master and Margarita” and, of course, the woo-woos. Pleased to meet you.4) Robert Johnson, “Me and the Devil Blues”: Legend has it that Johnson sold his soul to Satan so he could play guitar better. Now THAT’S devotion to the instrument.3) Black Sabbath: Though the Sabs have recorded much better albums than their debut, Black Sabbath is probably the most Satanic. Fun fact: It was released on a Friday the 13th.2) Aphrodite’s Child, 666: An epic prog-rock concept album about nothing less than the Apocalypse itself, written by future “Chariots of Fire” soundtrack composer Vangelis.1) Slayer, Reign in Blood. Well, duh.There has always been a disconnect between the world of Corporate America and rock clubs. This especially came out in punk rock, which tried to be the Suit’s antithesis. Of course, there was this large unacknowledged discrepancy with the whole situation: Many of these anti-corporate rockers by night were working for their hated corporations by day.The Accountants give lie to the type. The band’s four members are suit-and-tie-wearing business professionals by day, and they don’t care if the world knows it. In fact, it’s their shtick. Imagine the sonic equivalent of the album cover for The Replacements’ Pleased to Meet Me, a be-suited arm complete with expensive watch and ring, reflecting the sun’s rays reaching out in a truce-symbolizing handshake with the hand of a rocker in a dirty, torn-up old shirt. The Accountants’ new record, Keeping Up With the Joneses, is a rock peace offering to the lower level corporate goons getting by on paychecks from companies they love to hate. And speaking of album covers, this album cover is brilliant: a corporate yuppie kid on a cell phone in a Power Wheels Hummer H2 being chased by a kid on a big wheel.The record musically is fairly straightforward rock with a pop-punk lean and lyrics that sound like the three main characters from “Office Space” scribbled them out on the backs of TPS reports while the copier was jammed. A think layer of irony covers these water-cooler anthems, but it doesn’t keep The Accountants from rocking. This is their CD release weekend. Look left. —Anthony Bowman Contact the writers at leobeat@leoweekly.com